Reviving the Filipino Elderly Wellbeing Project

They say enthusiasm and positive energy are contagious. Especially in the case of the Filipino Elderly Wellbeing Project, I would definitely agree. Little did I know a casual chat over coffee with Frank would move into some community mobilizing in a short matters of days. Some of you may know that some of my work and […]

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sleepless nights & the stress of scholarship

It’s 5 am & I just finished reading “Being ‘Lazy’ and Slowing Down: Toward decolonizing time, our body, and pedagogy.” In a culture of performativity, rapid communication, and mobility, slowing down seems to be the antithesis of what needs to happen in the academy. Slowing down, or decolonizing time, is about reconnecting to our embodied […]

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safe spaces on campus: reflecting on recent events & media coverage of Ryerson’s Racialised Students’ Collective

I was a little shocked when this story broke on Friday via the Ryersonian, “White students barred from funded RSU student group event.” Talk about a sensational title. Two students were barred from covering an event for racialized students. Okay. “It felt really bad… kind of embarrassing,” Knope said. “If their goal in these meetings was […]

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New graduates & the ‘job market’: why is it about ‘me-me-ME’?

Sharing an article in the Toronto Star: University degree. Check. A job? Still searching. This is one part of a 4-part series on ‘Faces of Inequality.’ As a student at Western University, student government leader and peer mentor Adam Smith could easily be described as dynamic, engaged, and dedicated. But eight months after graduating with […]

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Do you have to be poor to work for the poor?

This morning, a friend and colleague posted on Facebook about some of the tensions he experiences as a community activist. Without posting the exact status, his words hinted to multiple issues in social justice work: making enough money, having enough influence, working too many hours, etc. In response to this, I posted this excerpt from […]

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May 26 PTAC event – photo & reflection

Can you point me out in this sea of Filipino educators?  Photo credit: Mogi Mogado I recently joined the Philippine Teachers Association of Canada (PTAC). Sat in on their annual workshop for internationally trained teachers/aspiring educators. This was my first time meeting a large group of internationally trained, Filipino teachers. I’ve often heard first-hand about […]

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“Newcomers baffled by our system” 2007 to today

This article in the Toronto Star by education reporter Kris Rushowy was printed in 2007.  This is nothing new & actually, nothing has changed. Newcomers baffled by school system Excerpt: Middle Eastern parents wonder why their children don’t get more homework. Russian parents might expect weekly reports from teachers. Some Pakistani parents find it rude […]

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Media Coverage re: Sex Education, Bill 13 & disclaimer

Here is another recent article from our 1st all-candidates meeting. http://www.torontoobserver.ca/2012/02/22/scarborough-agincourt-school-trustee-candidates-discuss-anti-bullying-legislation/ Disclaimer: The journalist focuses in on one topic, however does not make clear distinctions between the proposed Sex Ed curriculum and anti-bullying legislation, “Bill 13”. I only spoke in reference to the Sex Ed curriculum, the original question. Most candidates spoke of Bill 13. […]

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Newcomer Families in Scarborough-Agincourt – No vote, no voice?

Four days until the campaign is over & I wish I had documented more of my experiences on my blog.  It has been eye-opening running this “grassroots” campaign & I’m sure after February 27, I will blog extensively about the experience. From Day 1, I have been knocking on the doors of Scarborough-Agincourt residents not […]

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Exploring race & assumptions – initial work & reflections

I’ve spent the past 4 weeks immersed in a Grade 3 classroom, and while I would like to blog more generally about the experience, this post is about an isolated, introductory activity in anti-discriminatory education. I began to plan some instruction and learning regarding Aboriginal Education and anti-discriminatory education.  The students, with the host teacher, […]

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